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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 6, 2011 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Phil and Bobby?

I had a similar thought to bkidwell - I'm not certain their musical skills went into decline - the old codgers are still playing quite well, maybe not with the same energy and speed. If you're referring to composition, it's arguable; I prefer earlier material. If you mean "chops" - I think they had them, and still do.

Another thought more in line with your premise however - I think there's a certain laziness that creeps in when you've played hundreds of shows... lots of shortcuts taken, some things not so crisply done, and antics for the audience thrown in. And for these ears, too much reliance on special effects, synths and pedals... sometimes the toys distract from the playing.

Considering this was a music "cooperative" - at least leaderless in theory (not in practice) they meandered on quite well. Maybe just a few more valleys than peaks later on.